Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Traditionl Ties, 01/04/09, Playlist

Traditional Ties, 01/04/09:

Cherryholmes,I Can Only Love You,Don't Believe / Skaggs2009-01-0422:02
Ralph Stanley ll,Loretta,This One Is ll / Lonesome Day2009-10-0422:05
Rickey Wasson,Touched By the Master's Hand,From the Heart and Soul / Rural Rhythm2009-01-0422:08
Ralph Stanley, Battle Ax, Old-Time Pickin' / Rebel2009-01-0422:11

Dailey & Vincent, More Than a Name on the Wall, Dailey & Vincent / Rounder2009-01-0422:16
Danny Paisley, Raisin' Cane in Texas, The Room Over Mine / Rounder2009-01-0422:19
Grascals, Choices, Keep On Walkin' / Rounder2009-01-0422:22
Michael Cleveland, Jerusalem Ridge, Leavin' Town / Rounder2009-01-0422:25

Aldridge-Justice, Wayfaring Stranger, I'll Be With You / Pinecastle2009-01-0422:32
Greenbrier, Thank You Lord, The Back of the Book / Self2009-01-0422:36
Carolina Road, Harp With Golden Strings, ...Give Jesus a Try / Blue Circle2009-01-0422:40
Melonie Cannon, Mary Magdalene, And the Wheels Turn / Rural Rhythm2009-01-0422:42
Daughters of Bluegrass, Go Up On That Mountain and Wait. Bluegrass Bouquet / Blue Circle2009-01-0422:47

Paul Williams,What a Journey, What a Journey / Rebel2009-01-0422:52
Pine Mountain Railroad, Meet Me at the River, Pickin', Praisin', & Singin' / Rural Rhythm2009-01-0422:55

VariousThe Breaking Up Christmas Story (Entire Hour)Blue Ridge Mountain Holiday / County2009-01-0423:02



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Bill Monroe's Mandolin to Remain at Country Music HOF

In a settlement reached with the estate of the donor, Bill Monroe's Mandolin will remain at the Country Music Hall of Fame. The same $750,000 settlement will include Maybelle Carter's guitar. The settlement is subject to court approval. Full details in the Tennessean.

Joe Val's Lloyd Lohr Mandolin - FOR SALE

Kevin Lynch is offering Joe Val's Gibson, Lloyd Lohr, Mandolin for sale. So if you got cash for the holidays, or have a balance in your Christmas club, you can check it out the ad on Mandolin Cafe

We can always dream.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Another Venue Lost, Troyer's Country Dining

I just received this sad message. Gregg, thanks for your efforts.

A sad day for Bluegrass and fans Bluegrass fans,I'm sorry to have to say that I am the bearer of bad news, I found out this morning that Troyer's Country Dining has CLOSED!

Of course, that means that we will not be having any further Bluegrass shows there. We appreciate all the support you have shown, & we will be seeking another suitable venue. As soon as one is found, we will be in touch to let you know where to come to see Bluegrass live.

If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to email me at again, & have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Gregg Hillyer .

January Bluegrass Weekends in Western Pennsylvania

January Bluegrass Weekends
If you are looking forward to the Bluegrass Weekends that are held each January in Western Pennsylvania, don't forget they have switched weekends for 2009.

Meadville Bluegrass Weekend, January 9, 10, 11.
At the Meadville Days Inn, Rt 6, Meadville PA, Rooms (814) 337 4264

Bands or for information contact Sandy (814) 337 6654 or

Butler January Ice Jam, January 16, 17, 18.
At the Butler Days Inn, all rooms fully booked, with a waiting list.

For alternate room choices and complete ice jam information check check the new Ice Jam web site.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Traditional Ties, 01/04, Highlights

This Sunday's Traditional Ties, 01/04 highlights, during the first hour some of the best new adds for 2008. Hour two will be our annual presentation of "The Breaking Up Christmas Story." This is the story of a fading Christmas tradition in the Blue Ridge area of Virginia and North Carolina.
Originally a public radio broadcast, it was released by County Records in the late 1990's. To answer the question I am always asked, it appears to discontinued, not even available from County Sales.

Sundays 10:00pm, WYEP 91.3, Pittsburgh PA.
Streaming audio, here.

Have a happy, safe and prosperous 2009!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Silent Strings, RIP Mark Rhodes

I would like to extend my deepest sympahy to the family of Mark Rhodes.
The obit was not published in the Saturday editions of the Trib, check the Sunday edition. Funeral home link.

From: Cathi Rhodes Sent: Friday, December 26, 2008 9:16:51 PM
Subject: My Brother, Mark Rhodes
To my dear Family & Friends,
It is with my heaviest heart that I give you the saddest news that my 'baby' brother, Mark, passed away today around 3:30 PM. He had an asthma attack late Sunday night which resulted in 3 heart attacks. Since he was deprived of oxygen for quite a while, he suffered brain damage as well. He was on life support until today. He would have turned 51 one month from today, January 26.
He was the upright bass player in the Rhodes Brothers Bluegrass Band and also performed with me in six of the ten stage productions of 'Always...Patsy Cline.'
Viewing will be at Barnhart Funeral Home on Monday, December 29 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM. The funeral will be on Tuesday at 11 AM. His short obituary will be in Saturday's paper, with the full write-up on Sunday.
If you know anyone who knew Mark, please let them know about his passing for me. I would appreciate that very much.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Traditional Ties, 12/28/08, Playlist

Traditional Ties, 12/28/08, Playlist:

Jeanette Williams, I Will Survive, Thank You for Caring / Blue Circle2008-12-2822:02
Longview, Weathered Grey Stone, the Mountains / Rounder2008-12-2822:06
The Steeldrivers, If You Can't Be Good, Be Gone, The Steeldrivers / Rounder2008-12-2822:10
Junior Sisk , Leaving Baker County, Blue Side of the Blue Ridge / Rebel2008-12-2822:13
Trischka-Osgood, Banjo Cheer, A Christmas Collection / Rounder2008-12-2822:16
Various, Favorite Christmas Memories, Christmas in Carolina / Blue Circle2008-12-2822:20
Red Knuckles, That White Christmas Song, Sugar Plums / Sugar Hill2008-12-2822:23
Charlie Waller, White Christmas , ... Christmas Gatherin' / Pinecastle2008-12-2822:27
Doyle Lawson, I Know, I Know, Help Is on the Way / Horizon2008-12-2822:31
Third Tyme Out, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Footprints / Rounder2008-12-2822:34
Tony Williamson Trio, We Three Kings, Winter Wonderland / Copper Creek2008-12-2822:37
James King, Just As the Sun Went Down, Gardens in the Sky / Rounder2008-12-2822:40
Deana Carter, Silent Night, Father Christmas / Rounder2008-12-2822:46
Rhonda Vincent, Away in a Manger, Beautiful Christmas / Rounder2008-12-2822:50
Wildfire, There's a New Kid in Town, ... Christmas Gatherin' / Pincastle2008-12-2822:54
Dan Crary, What Child Is This, Sugar Plums / Sugar Hill2008-12-2822:57
Sawmill Road, Last Train to Dixie , One / Self2008-12-2823:02
Robin & Linda Williams, The First Christmas Gift, The First Christmas Gift / Red House2008-12-2823:05
Dan Tyminski, Making Hay, Wheels / Rounder2008-12-2823:09
Sam Bush, Sleigh Ride, Tinsel Tunes / Sugar Hill2008-12-2823:13
Allegheny Drifters, Blue Missouri Shadows, Can't Wait / Self2008-12-2823:19
Tim Hensley, Fox Run the Henhouse, Long Monday / Rural Rhythm2008-12-2823:22
Kathy Kallick, Ring the Bells at Midnight, Tinsel Tunes / Sugar Hill2008-12-2823:24
Mashville Brigade, Roving Gambler, ... Smash Hits / Rural Rhythym2008-12-2823:27
Blue Highway, Through the Window..., Through the Window... / Rounder2008-12-2823:31
Doyle Lawson, Merry christmas From Our..., Merry Christmas From Our.... / Self2008-12-2823:34
Gibson Brothers, Somewhere Trouble Don't Go, Iron & Diamonds / Sugar Hill2008-12-2823:37
Mitch Harrell, The Christmas Song, Blue Ridge... / Pinecastle2008-12-2823:41
Wayne Taylor, Grandpa Was a Carpenter, Dear Mom / Rainecoe2008-12-2823:43
Bobby Osborne , Silent Night, Christmas Grass 2 / Koch2008-12-2823:47
Connell-Trishka, Precious Child, O Christmas Tree / Sugar Hill2008-12-2823:51
Charlie Daniels, Luke 2, Christmas Grass 2 / Koch2008-12-2823:54
Bill Keith, Auld Lang Syne, O Christmas Tree / Rounder2008-12-2823:56


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Pennyroyal Opera House, 2009, Schedule

Pennyroyal Opera House, Exit 198 Interstate 70, Fairview Ohio. Shows start at 7:00pm except where noted.

2009 Schedule
January 9 ………… Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time / Joe & Connie Williams
January 16 ………… The Hart Brothers / Big Country Bluegrass
January 23 ………… Barry Scott & Second Wind / The Porter Brothers
February 6 ………… New Found Road / Timberline
February 20 ………… Williams & Clark Expedition / Almost Famous
February 27 ………… The Larry Stephenson Band / Lonesome Meadow
March 6 ………… Lost & Found / Big Bill Dup & the Letdowns
March 13 ………… Kenny & Amanda Smith / The Price Family
March 20 ………… David Parmley & Continental Divide / Wills Creek
April 3 ………… Karl Shiflett & Big Country / The Coleman Family
April 5 (Sunday at 1:00 pm) ………… Dailey & Vincent / Wheeling High School Bluegrass BandApril 10 ………… The Tommy Webb Band / Chestnut Hill
April 17 ………… Chris Jones & the Night Drivers / Cabin Fever

May 1 ………… Don Rigsby & Midnight Call / County Line
May 15 ………… Nothin’ Fancy / Bluegrass Express
May 29 ………… Rarely Herd / TBA

TraditionalTies, 12/28/08, Highlights

Traditional Ties this Sunday will be a mix of Christmas holiday selections and some of the best new adds from the first half of 2008.

The complete playlist will be posted later this week.

Traditional Ties - Sundays 10:00 pm, WYEP 91.3 FM, Pittsburgh Pa.

Friday, December 19, 2008

A New Way to Support Public Radio

Radio station WYEP FM, Pittsburgh PA has announced an affiliation with Simply by accessing Amazon through, any purchase made results in a commission being paid to WYEP. The WYEP site lists many CDs including the Bluegrass top ten from The Year in Review. The top ten CDs are selected by Bruce Mountjoy from The Bluegrass Jam Session, and my picks from Traditional Ties.

But the secret to this site is SEARCH, almost any CD currently being marketed is available. The site is not limited to music however, any product purchased from Amazon generates a commission, as along as it is accessed through http://www.wyep/store.

Membership is still the most direct way to support public radio, but this is a painless way to give more, through purchases you would be making anyway.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area many other public stations offer the program, if yours doesen't please use

Support the station that supports Bluegrass Music.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Traditional Ties, Christmas Special,12/21/08

Traditional Ties -Christmas Special:

5 for the Gospel Jingle Bells Christmas in Eastern Kentucky / Hay Holler2008-12-2122:00
True Life Travelers I Like Christmas Music Seasonal Life / Self2008-12-2122:02
5 for the Gospel Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Christmas Time in E. Ky.2008-12-2122:04
True Life Travelers Santa Claus Is Coming to Town / Self2008-12-2122:07
Beaver Creek Letters to Santa Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas / Pinecastle2008-12-2122:10

Patty Loveless Santa Train Bluegrass, White Snow / Epic2008-12-2122:15
Lynn Morris Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer O Christmas Tree / Rounder2008-12-2122:18
Peter Rowan Christmas Time's a Coming Sugar Plums / Sugar Hill2008-12-2122:21
Scott Vestal et al Frosty the Snowman Christmas Gatherin' / Pinecastle2008-12-2122:24
Foxfire 12 Days of Bluegrass Christmas ... on the Mountain / Universal South2008-12-2122:27

Stony Point Quartet Forever He Waits Christmas Time Back Home / Cracker Barrel2008-12-2122:31
Larry Sparks Away in a Manger Christmas in the Hills / Rebel2008-12-2122:36
The Isaacs There's a New Kid in Town I Feel the Christmas Spirit / Horizon2008-12-2122:39
5 for the Gospel New Star Shining Christmas with... / Hay Holler2008-12-2122:42
Big Country Bluegrass No Place for Jesus Christmas with ... / Hay Holler2008-12-2122:46

Dan Crary O Holy Night Holiday Guitar / Sugar Hill2008-12-2122:49
The Isaacs O Holy Night ...Christmas Spirit / Horizon2008-12-2122:53
Ralph Stanley Beautiful Star of Bethlehem Christmas in the Mountains / Rebel2008-12-2122:56

Tony Williamson Trio Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Cristmas at... / Doobie Shea2008-12-2123:00
Reno & Smiley The True Meaning of Christmas (Full recording) The True Meaning... / King2008-12-2123:02

Tommy Edwards The Christmas Letter the Mountains / Rebel2008-12-2123:28
Lewis-Rozum The Gift Winter's Grace / Signature2008-12-2123:33
3 Fox Drive The Christmas Song Christmas Grass V3 / Koch2008-12-2123:37
South Ocean String Band Our Special Guest Blue Ridge Mt. Christmas / Pinecastle2008-12-2123:41
Larry Sparks Blue Christmas Christmas in... / Rebel2008-12-2123:46

Doyle Lawson Christmas Medley O Christmas Tree / Rounder2008-12-2123:49
Cox Family Go Tell It on the Mountain O Christmas Tree / Rounder2008-12-2123:52
Seldom Scene Silent Night Sugar Plums / Sugar Hill2008-12-2123:56
Butch Baldassari Silent Night Evergreen / Cactus2008-12-2123:58

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Spring Creek Heads to Studio

Expected Springtime Release for their Rebel Records Debut

Spring Creek has begun recording their yet-to-be-named third album at Notably Fine Audio in Denver, Colorado, with Nashville songwriter and sideman Jeff White (Vince Gill, Alison Krauss) producing.
The album will feature guest musicians Michael Cleveland (IBMA six-time Fiddle Player of the Year) and Grammy-award winner Sally Van Meter, among others, and will be released in Spring 2009 through Rebel Records. The band was just signed to Rebel this September, and this record will be their first for the label.
"We've been more nervous going into this session than with our two previous records," says bassist Jessica Smith. "But we're confident that Jeff [White] will help us create an outstanding CD for Rebel.""We've been going through our song list with a fine-toothed comb," agrees banjo player Chris Elliott. "This is going to be a national release and every single song needs to reflect that."The album will feature 12 songs, evenly split between originals and covers. Two notable cuts include "In Despair" made popular by Bill Monroe in the 1950s and "Lonesome Town," a Ricky Nelson number the band first heard off of a recording by early 80's pioneering newgrass group Spectrum (featuring a young Bela Fleck).

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Dailey and Vincent to Release New Album

As 2008 winds to a close, IBMA Entertainers of the Year Dailey & Vincent are readying their second studio release for Rounder Records. Brothers From Different Mothers, featuring 12 tracks produced by the duo, will be in stores on March 31, 2009.

"We've been working extremely hard over the last couple months to finish recording, mixing and mastering this new record, in between tour dates," said Darrin Vincent. "We really feel like we've found a great variety of material--songs that fit us and what we've done, while taking several steps forward.""This is a really exciting time for us," adds Jamie Dailey. "While we're looking ahead to the plans we have for the album release and to our tour schedule for 2009, we're still overwhelmed and counting all of our blessings from 2008."

Dailey & Vincent have received nine SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards nominations for the awards show to be held on February 15 at the Music City Sheraton in Nashville: Bluegrass Album of the Year (for Dailey & Vincent), Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year (Darrin Vincent), Male Vocalist of the Year/Contemporary (Jamie Dailey), Gospel Group of the Year/Contemporary, Vocal Group of the Year, Bluegrass Band of the Year Overall, Song of the Year ("By the Mark"), Entertaining Group of the Year and Entertainer of the Year (Jamie Dailey). "We're deeply honored by these nominations and wish that we were going to be able to be there for the awards show," said Jamie.
Due to a scheduling conflict, however, the duo will not be able to attend. In February 2008 their flight from Kansas City to Boston was cancelled due to a snowstorm, and they missed their scheduled performance at the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival. Jamie and Darrin promised that they would make up the appearance in 2009, not realizing that for the first time, Joe Val and SPBGMA would be held on the same weekend.

In October Dailey & Vincent captured an unprecedented seven International Bluegrass Music Awards. In addition to Entertainer of the Year, they received awards for Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year (for Dailey & Vincent), Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (for "By the Mark"), Emerging Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (Dailey) and Recorded Event of the Year, for Vincent's participation in the Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother project. No other artist has ever won Emerging Artist and Entertainer in the same year, a feat all the more incredible because the duo had come on the scene only a year earlier.

Dailey & Vincent made their Grand Ole Opry debut on December 29, 2007, and they have returned for several guest appearances this year. Their first concert date was on January 5, 2008, at Jekyll Island, Georgia. They performed over 130 dates in 2008, wrapping up the year in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the Larkin Family Festival on December 12; and in Berryville, Virginia, as part of the Berryville Bluegrass Series on December 13. The duo already has 100 dates on the books for their Rolling Your Way Tour 2009.

Kenny Ingram Joins Larry Stephenson Band

Kenny Ingram will be joining The Larry Stephenson Band, on banjo. Kenny has a long and distinguished career in bluegrass music, working with Lester Flatt, Jimmy Martin, and most recently seven years with Rhonda Vincent.

Traditional Ties, 12/21, Highlights

This week's Traditional Ties will be all Bluegrass Christmas Music. It will be a mixture of religious and secular, except for the second thirty minutes which, as usual, will be all religious.

Sundays, 91.3 FM, 10:00pm, Pittsburgh PA.

Streaming audio- click here.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Bluegrass Now to Cease Publication

We have just received the sad news that Bluegrass Now, will cease publication with the December 2008, issue.

A spin-off of a radio program newsletter, Bluegrass Now's first issue was December 1990, it became an on-line only magazine in May of this year. It has been a forward looking publication with special attention payed to the youth and women of bluegrass music.

As a subscriber since issue number two, I view this as a personal loss. I was privileged to contribute to the monthly "Gospel Truths" chart from it's inception, and was an occasional contributor to "DJ Hot Picks."

Our best wishes to founders Wayne and Deb Bledsoe in their stated wishes to "spend more time with family, especially the grand children." I know their bluegrass family will never be far from their hearts.

Wayne will continue with his three weekly radio shows, as well as emcee at select events.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Newgrass Returns to Louisville for Historic Concert

Louisville, Ky. — Sam Bush and former members of New Grass Revival and The Bluegrass Alliance will meet in Louisville on December 13, 2008 to announce a major concert event at Louisville's Galt House to benefit American Cancer Society, to be held March 6, 2009.

Additional information available from The Mandolin Cafe.

Photo, Bluegrass Alliance 1975

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vincent's Good Thing Still Going!

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Vincent's Good Thing is Still Going!

Rhonda Vincent, "The Queen of Bluegrass" as crowned by the WALL Street Journal, continues her "Good Thing" in the Top 10 Country Albums of 2008, as part of the year end selections at; with her Rounder Records project "Good Thing Going, released 1/8/08.
Edward Morris writes, "... Vincent is probably the best band leader in bluegrass. Her talent for getting the most imagination and energy from her players -- whether it's a road or studio ensemble -- comes through magnificently here, via such gems as "I Gotta Start Somewhere," "Hit Parade of Love" and her lovely duet with Keith Urban, "The Water Is Wide."

Vincent recently posted her excitement at new changes in her group "The Rage" for 2009. She stated, "I hope that you will be as excited as I am about the new music, new members, and new approach to our presentation," "For the first time in the history of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage; I will record with only the musicians of The Rage. There will be no guest appearances or additional musicians of any kind."
Morris acknowledges Rhonda's choices in and out of the studio, with his description in his Top 10.
Rhonda & The Rage will hit the road beginning January 1, 2009, beginning their coast to coast journey, hosting her very own Caribbean Bluegrass Cruise, and traveling in style in her custom, state-of-the-art tour bus, beginning her 8 year sponsorship with Martha White; in the tradition of Flatt & Scruggs. Martha White is the longest continuous running sponsor of the Grand Ole Opry.
Check for a complete Tour Schedule.
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Traditional Ties, 12/14/08, Playlist

Contact info for new adds:

Ernie Thacker - -

Lonesome Meadow - -

The Wilson Family Band - -

Ernie ThackerDetroit City ChillThe Hangman / Pinecastle2008-12-1422:02

Wilson FamilyI Still Miss SomeoneFamily Ties / Mastershield2008-12-1422:05

Lonesome MeadowKeepin' the Music AliveKeepin' the Music Alive / Mastershield2008-12-1422:11

Donna UlissePoor Mountain BoyWalk This Mountain Down (Upcoming) / Hadley2008-12-1422:13

Bobby OsborneUnder a Lonesome MoonBluegrass Melodies / Rounder2008-12-1422:17 High WindyStuck Out in the RainA Greater Storm / Mountain Home2008-12-1422:20

Palmer DivideEye of the Storm (Upcoming) / Purple Pig2008-12-1422:23

Kristin Scott BensonBugle Call RagSecond Season / Pinecastle2008-12-1422:28

CrossPoint String BandChristmas Is About Christ...Christmas With The Vellas / Self2008-12-1422:35

Ernie ThackerChurch Upon the HillThe Hangman / Pinecastlle2008-12-1422:39

Carolina RoadJesus Said SoCarolina Road / Blue Circle2008-12-1422:43

James KingWill You Feel at HomeGardens in the Sky / Rounder2008-12-1422:44

Wilson FamilyAre You Ready for HeavenFamily Ties / Pinecastle2008-12-1422:47

Lonesome River BandDarkness WeptNo Turning Back / Rural Rhythm2008-12-1422:50

Joe MullensBrand New ManTuned In / Self2008-12-1422:53

Nothin' FancyPeace in the ValleyLord Bless This House / Pinecastle2008-12-1422:56

Ernie ThackerBallad of Charlie DillThe Hangman / Pinecastle2008-12-1423:02

Ernie ThackerThe HangmanThe Hangman / Pinecastle2008-12-1423:05

Ernie ThackerFriday Once AgainThe Hangman / Pinecastle2008-12-1523:11

Ernie ThackerRolllin' on These Rubber WheelsThe Hangman / Pinecastle2008-12-1423:15 Lonesome MeadowCumberland FallsKeepin' the Music Alive / Mastershield2008-14-0823:18

Wilson FamilyRidin' That Midnight TrainFamily Ties / Mastershield2008-12-1423:22

CoaltownBetter Off BlindHardshot CD #1 / Self2008-12-1423:24

CherryholmesSumatraDon't Believe / Skaggs2008-12-1423:27

Tim O'BrienMaking PlansSugar Plums / Sugar Hill2008-12-1423:32

Ralph StanleyChristmas Time's a Comin'Christmas Time With... / CRFRC2008-12-1423:36

Scott Vestal et alFrosty the SnowmanChristmas Gatherin' / Pinecastle2008-12-1423:39

Patty LovelessBluegrass, White SnowBluegrass, White Snow / Epic2008-12-1423:42

Songs from the Road BandAs the Crow FliesSongd from the Road Vol. 2 / Lumpy Toad2008-12-1423:47

Rickey WassonDon't Wait UpFrom the Heart and Soul / Rural Rhythm2008-12-1423:50

The Blue Canyon BoysI Want You to Want Me(Upcoming) / Self2008-12-1423:54

Town MountainPicket RickHeros and Heretics / Self2008-12-1423:57



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Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railrosd, Chart Action

Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad Continuing Billboard Top 50 RunCD Includes Five Current Chart Songs

clip of "Run On"

Nashville TN: (12.10.08) Rural Rhythm recording artist, Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad debuted at #3 on BILLBOARD’s™ Top 50 Bluegrass Chart four months ago with their current album, “Pickin’, Praisin’ & Singin’ - Hymns from the Mountain” and have remained on the chart ever since. The CD also held the #4 spot on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and #17 on Cashbox Magazine’s Top 25 Bluegrass Album Chart for November. It is no wonder the album has taken off with 5 different tracks appearing on numerous November song charts including: TWO songs on Bluegrass Now Magazine’s Gospel Truth’s Chart (#9, "The Gospel Ship" and #13, "I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy"); TWO songs on Powergrass Radio's Top 10 (#5, "Run On" and #7, "Blood Bought My Freedom"); and the first single release from the CD, "My Eyes Shall Be On Canaan’s Land” at #28 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Songs Chart.

Rural Rhythm Records released the second radio single, “Run On” on the label’s "Fresh Cuts and Key Tracks” Radio Sampler last week. The band recently made a guest appearance with WNCW Radio Host, Dennis Jones who said, 'As soon as we started playing My Eyes Shall Be on Canaan's Land, our phones started lighting up like crazy. That is one of the most-requested songs of the year on WNCW - in fact the whole album is absolutely a wonderful recording; the great harmonies, the picking, the arrangements, everything about it - just outta sight."

Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad is comprised of Cody Shuler, Bill McBee, Matt Flake, Jerry Cole and Dale Perry.

The band kicks off their busy 2009 tour at the Palace Theater in Maryville, TN next month followed by major concert and festival appearances throughout the country next year. For more information on the band and a complete tour schedule, please visit

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Traditional Ties, 12/14/08, Highlights

Traditional Ties new adds, 12 / 14

Ernie Thacker

Lonesome Meadow

Wilson Family Band

Traditional Ties, 10:00 pm Sundays - 91.3 FM Pittsburgh PA

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Everett Lilly in West Virginia Music Hall of Fame

From West Virginia Public Broadcasting:

Everett Lilly inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame
By Suzanne Higgins

December 9, 2008 ·
The West Virginia Music Hall of Fame inducted 12 new members at an awards ceremony at the Cultural Center last month. Everett Lilly is the sole survivor of “The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover."

“The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover” were neighbors as boys growing up in Clear Creek in Raleigh County. They are credited with bringing southern Appalachian music to the upper northeastern region of the United States, and to as far away as Japan. Their music is often called bluegrass but 85 year old Everett Lilly describes it this way.

“American Folk Mountain Country music. It’s telling about somebody’s life,” he said.

Everett and his older brother Michael Burt, known as “Bea” started their duet professionally in the 1930’s on local radio and the national radio show Jamboree USA in Wheeling. Don Stover joined in the 1950’s. At that point they were invited to Boston where fans were so enthusiastic about their music the band stayed for 18 years. They played 7 nights a week, 50 weeks a year.

Lilly says his voice and his brother’s always blended beautifully. He says they knew what each other would be thinking on stage, even without discussion or rehearsals.

“It’s just something you feel from one to another, you know, if you’re family,” he said prior to his induction into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

“The Lilly Brothers and Don Stover” are also members of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Massachusetts Country Music Hall of Fame. Stover passed away in 1996, Bea in 2005.

Lilly says he considers himself a musician first and says he believes he’s taught his sons a few things when it comes to music. When he can, Everett continues to perform with his sons in their band called the Lilly Mountaineers. They just won the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year.

Look for profiles of other inductees in the 2008 West Virginia Hall of Fame on West Virginia Morning at 7:30 on West Virginia Public Radio.

Our television program Outlook will feature all of the new 2008 inductees. Look for that special broadcast Thursday, December 18 and 9:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 21 at 6:00 p.m. on West Virginia PBS.

Danny Paisley Seeks Mandolin Player

From: Ken Irwin <kirwin@ROUNDER.COM

Subject: Danny Paisley seeks mandolin playing/singer

Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are looking for a singing mandolin player, who can sing lead under Danny's tenor or sing tenor to Danny'slead. The band is based in the Delaware/Pennsylvania area, and while they tour nationally (and on occasion internationally), they often playclose to home. It would be important for those interested in the position to live in the area or being willing to relocate. Danny Paisleyand the Southern Grass are among the very best hard-driving traditional bluegrass bands on the scene today, and their music can be sampled online at

Record Label: Rounder Records

Booking Agent: Jim Roe/Roe EntertainmentContact: Danny Paisley:

Monday, December 8, 2008

January Ice Jam, New Web Site

Western Pa., is fortunate to have a fine event each January. The January Ice Jam is held each winter at the Days Inn, Butler PA.

As many as 42 local and regional bands perform on stage, Friday and Saturday, while informal jams are occurring through out the hotel. The stage music is great and the fellowship is just what is needed in mid-winter.

It is an all volunteer event, no one gets paid, not the organizers, not the bands.

All proceeds are used for charitable purposes.

Check out the new site by clicking here, or using the permanent link listed under festivals on the right.
(Logo by Amy George}

Yesterday's Traditional Ties

Those of you who were expecting to hear the show produced for 12/7 it finally made to WYEP studios TODAY (12/8). Priority mail - 40 miles - 9 days.

The show will be used on 1/11.

But there is hope, the show for 12/14 was mailed 12/4 and arrived on 12/5.


Friday, December 5, 2008

Year End Message From YOUR Museum

Year end message from The International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Dear Friend in Bluegrass Music:

Since its inception, the International Bluegrass Music Museum has set about to establish a vibrant center for bluegrass music to ensure that the rich legacy of this remarkable music we all love will have a permanent and safe home. To that end, and with your continuing support, we've built and now operate a remarkable bluegrass cultural center on the banks of the Ohio River in Owensboro, Kentucky not far from Rosine, the birthplace and resting place of Bill Monroe. We feel, as many of our ancestors did about their native lands, that we are indeed on Holy Ground.

This museum, though, is so much more than a splendid sanctuary and exhibition space for the priceless, unique artifacts of bluegrass. It is more than a state-of-the-art resource center for serious devotees of bluegrass music. We sustain the invaluable stories and contributions of the Pioneers of Bluegrass through filmed documentaries in our Video Oral History Project (VOHP); annually introduce quite literally thousands of youngsters to bluegrass instruments in elementary schools through our Bluegrass In The Schools & BlueGrass Music Makers programs; offer group lessons to hundreds of aspiring musicians of all ages on Saturday mornings; host the Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp to preserve the performance style of Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music; catalog, digitize, preserve, exhibit, and host amazing events...

If you've not experienced our museum firsthand, or if you've yet to attend our festival, ROMP, the River of Music Party and the Pioneers of Bluegrass Gathering, then you must visit us at where you'll not only find more information on all our programs but also one of the finest bluegrass music internet radio stations, RBI: Radio Bluegrass International, emanating 24/7 from the hallowed walls of this museum.

For all of us, the current economy is creating huge difficulties, and the bluegrass museum is no exception. But unlike all other museums, we know there is a huge reservoir of affection for the people who play, write, listen to and preserve bluegrass music. We ask you now to translate your love of this music into financial support for the museum by clicking here.

The Bluegrass Museum belongs to you. So please consider the value of bluegrass--and the bluegrass people in your life--and respond by becoming a member of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. If you cannot join at this time, please consider a donation, say the price of a CD, or even $5, to see your museum through these hard times. Every gift, large and small, is deeply appreciated.

Mary Tyler Doub, Chairman of the Board of Trustees

All gifts to the International Bluegrass Music Museum are fully tax deductible.

There Will Be "Music in the Mountains" in 2009

The long running Smmmersville West Virginia Bluegrass festival, "Music in the Mountains," will continue. Adams and Anderson Productions (A & A), who produce major festivals throughout the southeast, will operate the event beginning in 2009.

The festival was founded by Edgar and Eunice Kitchen almost 30 years ago. Under their direction it grew to the largest Bluegrass festival in the Mid Atlantic region.

The group that operated the park for the last two years had announced that they would not continue after 2008. It was believed by many to be the end of "Music in the Mountains." However, the Kitchens contacted Norman Adams of A & A, and he agreed to operate the festival at least for the next two years.

There is one major change, the dates for 2009 are June 24, 25, 26, & 27 -WEDNESDAY THRU SATURDAY.

!!CHANGE- Traditional Ties, 12/07 - CHANGE!!

Do to an apparent mailing problem, the show for 12/7 never arrived at the WYEP studio. The substitute show is from 9/14, which never aired do to a power outage caused the aftermath of hurricane Ike. This show features the then new CDs from Cherryholmes and Pine Mountain Railroad.

The new adds announced for 12/7 will be introduced beginning 1/11/09, after holiday and year end specials are over.

CherryholmesI Can Only Love YouDon't Believe / Skaggs2008-09-1422:02
LongviewEating Out of your HandDeep in the Mountains / Rounder2008-09-1422:06
Adcock, Gaudreau, Waller & GrayWidow of the Glade...Reunion Band / Self2008-09-1422:09
Sawmill RoadLast Train to DixieOne / Self2008-09-1422:13
Blue Moon RisingThe Hanging TreeOne Lonely Shadow / Lonesome Day2008-09-1422:17
Rhonda VincentBluegrass Saturday NightGood Thing Going / Rounder2008-09-1422:21
Mac MartinSunny Side of the MountainVenango / Copper Creek2008-09-1422:24
CherryholmesSumatraDon't Believe / Skaggs2008-09-1422:27
Pine Mountain RailroadMy Eyes Shall Be on Canaan's LandPickin', Prasin', & Singin'./ Rural Rhythm2008-09-1222:32
Pine Mountain RailroadRun OnPickin', Prasin', & Singin'. / Rural Rhythm2008-09-1422:36
Pine Mountain RailroadWhat Would You Give...Pickin', Prasin', & Singin'. / Rural Rhythm2008-09-1422:40
Pine Mountain RailroadSo HighPickin', Prasin,' & Singin'. / Rural Rhythm2008-09-1422:44
The ChurchmenTake Me in the LifeboatI'll Be Long Gone / Pinecastle2008-09-1422:47
Dailey and VincentBy the MarkDailey and Vincent / Rounder2008-09-1422:50
Balsam RangeCryin' Holy Unto the LordMarching Home / Mountain Home2008-09-1422:53
James KingWill He Wait a Little LongerGardens in the Sky / Rounder2008-09-1422:56
CherryholmesDon't BelieveDon't Believe / Skaggs2008-09-1423:02
CherryholmesMy Love for You GrowsDon't Believe / Skaggs2008-09-1423:06
CherryholmesMansker Spree-O'Coughlin's ReelDon.t Believe2008-09-1423:10
CherryholmesDevil in DisguiseDon't Believe / Skaggs2008-09-1423:13
Lonesome River BandThem BluesNo Turning Back / Rural Rhythm2008-09-1423:18
Melonie CannonI Call It GoneAnd the Wheels Turn / Rural Rhythm2008-09-1423:22
Crowe BrothersCindy MaeBrothers-N-Harmony / Rural Rhythm2008-09-1423:26
Jeanette WilliamsThank You For CaringThank You For Caring / Blue Circle2008-09-1423:31
Jerry DouglasBounceGlide / Koch2008-09-1423:34
Danny PaisleyDon't Throw Mama's Flowers AwayThe Room Over Mine / Rounder2008-09-1423:39
Tommy WebbWildwood Flower BluesNow That You Are Gone / Kindred2008-09-1423:42
Del McCoury40 Acres and A FoolMoneyland / McCoury Music2008-09-1423:46
Dan TyminskyHeads You Win...Wheels / Rounder2008-09-1423:50
Ralph Stanley llGeorgiaThis One Is ll / Lonesome Day2008-09-1423:53
Jim Van CleveRoad From RosineSingle / Rural Rhythm2008-09-1423:56

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Grammy Nominations Announced

Grammy nominations in the Bluegrass Catorgy - Bluegrass Album of the Year:

Cherryholmes, Ricky Scaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury Band, and Dan Tyminski.

Traditional Ties, Playlist, 12/07/08

Contact info for new adds:

Town Mountain -

David Parmley / 3 Silver Dollars / 3 Silver Dollars / Pinecastle2008-12-0722:02
Town Mountain / Ruination Line / Heroes & Heretics / Self2008-12-0722:07
Kristin Scott Benson / Bugle Call Rag / Second Season / Pinecastle2008-12-0722:11
Rhonda Vincent / Good Thing Going / Good Thing Going / Rounder2008-12-0722:15

Adcock, Gaudreau, Waller & Gray / Some Old Day / ...Reunion Band / Self2008-12-0722:17
Pam Gadd / Home Sweet Highway / Benefit of Doubt / Self2008-12-0722:20
Blue Moon Rising / Angeline / One Lonely Shadow / Lonesome Day2008-12-0722:23
Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum / If We Make it Through December / Winter's Grace / Signature2008-12-0722:26

Bob Dick / O Come, O Come Emmanuel / Tidings of Comfort and Joy / Self2008-12-0722:32
Nothin' Fancy / Let Your Light Shine Down on Me / Lord Bless This House / Pinecastle2008-12-0722:36
Nothin' Fancy Lord Bless This House Lord Bless This House / Pinecastle2008-12-0722:39
Nothin' Fancy / Lord I Hear Your Call / Lord Bless This House / Pinecastle2008-12-0722:43
Nothin' Fancy / Lean on Me / Lord Bless This House / Pinecastle2008-12-0722:45

David Parmley / God Reached Down 3 Silver Dollars / Pincastle2008-12-0722:48
Smith & Buller / Hand of Help / Here's a Little Song / Bell Buckle2008-12-0722:50
Pine Mountain Railroad / What Would You Give in Exchange / Pickin', Praisi', & Singin' / Rural Rhythm2008-12-0722:54
Nothin' Fancy / The Bells of St. Mary's / Lord Bless This House / Pinecastle2008-12-0722:56

David Parmley / Refill of Your Love / 3 Silver Dollars / Pinecastle2008-12-0723:02
David Parmley / Winsborough Cotton Mill Blues / 3 Silver Dollars / Pinecastle2008-12-0723:05
David Parmley / Carolina Rain / 3 Silver Dollars / Pinecastle2008-12-0723:09
David Parmley / That's Just Me / 3 Silver Dollars / Pinecastle2008-12-0723:13

Nothin' Fancy / Let Me Catch a Fish / Lord Bless This House / Pinecastle2008-12-0723:18
Town Mountain / Irene / Heroes & Heretics / Self2008-12-0723:21
Earl ScruggsEarl's Breakdown...Family and Friends / Rounder2008-12-0723:23
Ralph Stanley ll / Carter / This One is Two / Lonesome Day2008-12-0723:26

Town Mountain / I'm on Fire / Heroes & Heretics / Self2008-12-0723:30Kickin' Grass Band / Ghost of Nathaniel Carter / The Kickin' Grass Band / Superfan2008-12-0723:34
Charlie Sizemore / Blame it on Vern / Good News / Rounder2008-12-0723:38
Mashville Brigade / Sally Goodin' / ...Smash Hits / Rural Rhythm2008-12-0723:42

Town Mountain / Shame on You / Heroes & Heretics / Self2008-12-0723:47
Lynn Beckman / Five O'clock Shadow / Lookin' Down the Road / Self2008-12-0723:50
Lonesome River Band / Them Blues / No Turning Back / Rural Rhythm2008-12-0723:52
Sierra Hull / Everybody's Somebody's Fool / Secrets / Rounder2008-12-0723:56
Joe Mullens / Bending the Strings / Tuned In / Self2008-12-0723:58



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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New Release Coming From Bobby Osborne

Legend Bobby Osborne Returns With Bluegrass & Beyond January 20, on Rounder Records.

Bobby Osborne, legendary mandolinist and vocalist with the seminal bluegrass ensemble The Osborne Brothers, returns with his band The Rocky Top X-Press for the aptly titled Bluegrass & Beyond, January 20. Bluegrass & Beyond is a sparkling collection featuring generous helpings of straight ahead bluegrass, gospel soul and traditional country, and includes bluegrass arrangements of some surprising material (The Eagles’ “Girl from Yesterday,” Eddie Rabbit’s “Drivin’ My Life Away”). With guest appearances by Marty Stuart and Connie Smith (“What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul”) and Rhonda and Darrin Vincent (“After the Fire Is Gone”) and solid support from The Rocky Top X-Press, Bluegrass & Beyond captures Osborne at the peak of his considerable powers.

The release of Bluegrass & Beyond is part of an exciting new journey for the 76-year old Osborne, who enjoyed a remarkable fifty-year career with brother Sonny Osborne as the world-renowned Osborne Brothers. Bobby Osborne’s incomparable tenor, nimble mandolin playing, and unerring ear for fresh material and ingenious arrangements have put him among the most influential figures in the creation of contemporary bluegrass. Osborne received his first Grammy® nomination as a solo artist in 2006 under the category of ‘Best Country Collaboration with Vocals’ for his duet with Rhonda Vincent on “Midnight Angel” from Vincent’s Rounder album, All American Bluegrass Girl.

Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press are: Bobby Osborne (mandolin & vocals), Bobby Osborne Jr. (bass), Dana Cupp (banjo), Richard Bennett (guitar), and David Crow (fiddle).

Track Listing: 1. Let’s Sing Our Song 2. What Would You Give In Exchange For Your Soul (Featuring Marty Stuart and Connie Smith) 3. A Wise Man’s Mind Will Change 4. You Can 5. Different Definition of Love 6. Drivin’ My Life Away 7. Girl from Yesterday 8. Keystone Coal 9. After the Fire Is Gone (Featuring Rhonda Vincent & Darrin Vincent) 10. Hyden 11. Shenandoah Wind 12. Way Up on the Mountain.

Traditional Ties, 12/5, New Adds

New adds which will be introduced on Traditional Ties this week,

Each will have multiple cuts played.

David Parmley and Continental Divide Nothin' Fancy

Traditional Ties, Sundays 10:00 pm, WYEP FM 91.3
Streaming audio -

Monday, December 1, 2008

An Invitation From Liz Meyer and EWOB

An Invitation From Liz Meyer and The European World of Bluegrass!

Dear Friends,
CONGRATULATIONS! Your brand-new "EWOB Festival" website has just been launched and it's online! You'll recognize the lovely artwork at the top, but the whole website is new, with lots of terrific new features.

Welcome to the European World of Bluegrass!**********************************************************************

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC! You can hear clips from the 10 YEARS OF EUROPEANWORLD OF BLUEGRASS double CD - all 48 tracks! Read review quotes, and find all the info you need in our Festival Info and FAQ pages. Visit our Photo Gallery and add your comments and info. Help us identify the people in the photos! Send us your favorite EWOB photos and stories.Become an EWOB Festival Volunteer - or Sponsor!
TALK TO US! We have lots of great ideas for the website, and we hope you'll email us with your suggestions and requests. This website is for you! Let us know what you'd like to see. (And please let us know if anything doesn't work perfectly!) Sign our Guestbook!
TELL YOUR FRIENDS! It's time to visit, open the music player, and discover European bluegrass! Most of all, you'll want to join our EWOB MAILING LIST to keep up with important EWOB news and info!
Visit the new EWOB Festival website now!

SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER!**********************************************************************

In 2008, Strictly Country Records' beautiful double CD, 10 YEARS OFEUROPEAN WORLD OF BLUEGRASS, shot straight to #1 on the Folk Radio Charts in the USA and Canada! The music world got its first taste of European bluegrass - and they love it!
Here's a special low price for a 2-hour bluegrass tour of Europe that you'll enjoy for years from the comfort of your easy chair. 10 YEARSOF EWOB is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys bluegrass music - a banjo-laden ramble through such exotic lands as the Czech Republic,Finland, Italy, Sweden, and Slovenia, along with some of your favorite American touring artists. (Hear audio clips, read CD info and review quotes on our new EWOB website!)
SPECIAL HOLIDAY OFFER: Until January 1st, BUY ONE double CD (10 YEARSOF EUROPEAN WORLD OF BLUEGRASS) at regular price, and get 30% off +FREE SHIPPING on each additional CD. This offer is good only by direct email to ""
Listen to music now!

EUROPEAN WORLD OF BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL 2009 (May 21-22-23):**********************************************************************

Band applications for the EWOB Festival 2009 are just closing (Dec.1). Our Program Committee will be very busy listening to all the demosin the coming weeks! Bands selected to perform at EWOB 2009 will becontacted in late January, and we'll announce the program as soon asit is finalized.
Our thanks to the Thirsty Lizards for their terrific work on thewebsite!


Discover European bluegrass!**********************************************************************

The adventure begins here.
**********************************************************************Warm regards,Liz Meyer
10 YEARS OF EUROPEAN WORLD OF BLUEGRASS (2-CD set):"The language of Bluegrass transcends borders on this collection. Foryour introduction into the European World of Bluegrass, this is theplace to start your world tour!" ~ Folkwax, USA

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Balsam Range to Release New CD

Balsam Range New Release: Last Train to Kitty Hawk

Arden, NC- Fast rising Bluegrass group Balsam Range is set to release their new project, Last Train to Kitty Hawk this January on Mountain Home Records, a division of Crossroads Music. The North Carolina group gained critical success with their last release Marching Home which was met with excellent reviews and rose to the number 3 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited airplay chart with the single, “The Train’s Ready”. The new project promises to impress with its showcase of the band’s vocal abilities and instrumental prowess. The CD offers 12 tracks ranging from new original songs like “Julie’s Train” and “Jack Diamond” to traditional tunes like “I’m Lonesome Without You” from Ralph Stanley. The album reflects the band's well known and unique mixture of modern bluegrass with the traditional Carolina mountain music they all grew up playing.

"I am extremely proud of the new BR recording because we produced it ourselves, did the arrangements, and picked what I believe is really strong material. It is a good representation of what we are on stage and displays a good musical variety. There is good mix of styles for die hard bluegrass folks and for new listeners.” states Balsam Range mandolin player Darren Nicholson. Executive Producer Mickey Gamble adds “Balsam Range has come a long way with their first release and this sophomore effort is full of the kind of songs that remind us of why we love Bluegrass.”

Look for the CD to hit stores and be available for digital download and online ordering January 20th 2009.

Also listen for the first single, the title cut, “Last Train to Kitty Hawk” which will hit national radio this January.

2009 Bluegrass Calendar

Gary Reid's Bluegrass Calendar is back for 2009. This year Gary's Calendar will honor Pinecastle Records, 2009 is Pinecastle's 20th anniversary. Full color pictures of Pinecastle artists past and present are featured.

The Calendar is available from Bluegrass Productions of Virginia ( Note: This site was unavailable at the time this post was written), County Sales, and Music Shed.

Fan Funding for CD Project, ATTENTION BANDS

If you looking for a unique way of paying for your next recording project, you might want to check out what The Kickin' Grass Band did to fund their newest CD.

I am not going to rehash what others have published. Instead I refer you to the following links.

The latest Kickin' Grass CD will be introduced Sunday, 11/30, On Traditional Ties,
WYEP FM 91.3 Pittsburgh PA - Streaming

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Traditional Ties, 11/30/08, Playlist

Traditional Ties, 11/30/08, Playlist
Contact info for new adds:

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers -

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers / Poet With Wings / Tuned In / Self2008-11-3022:02

Kickin' Grass / Ramblig Man / The Kickin' Grass Band / Superfan2008-11-3022:06

Earl Scruggs / Earl's Breakdown / ...With Family and Friends / Rounder2008-11-3022:11

Pam Gadd / After the Fire is Gone / Benefit of Doubt / Self2008-11-3022:14

Danny Paisley / Rasin' Cane in Texas / The Room Over Mine / Rounder2008-11-3022:18

Kristin Scott Benson / No Southern Comfort / Second Season / Pinecastle2008-11-3022:22

Bill Emerson / Ridin' My Thumb to Mexico / ...The Sweet dixie Band / Rebel2008-11-3022:24

Earl Scruggs / Soldier's Joy / ...With Family and Friends / Rounder2008-11-3022:27

Joe Mullins / Deeper Than the Stain /Tuned In / Self2008-11-3022:31

Special Consensus / Lift Your Voice in Prayer / The Trail of Aching Hearts / Pinecastle2008-11-3022:34

Rickey Wasson / I Can Tell you the Time / From the Heart and Soul / Rural Rhythm2008-11-3022:37

Jett's Creek / I'll Be Back / Supposed to Be / Self2008-11-3022:40

Grascals / Farther Along / Keep on Walkin' / Rounder2008-11-3022:46

Wayne Taylor / Be Thou My Vision / Dear Mon / Raincoe2008-11-3022:49

Greenbrier / Thank You Lord / Back of the Book / Self2008-11-3022:52

Pine Mountain Railroaad / Let's Meet By the River / Pickin', Prasin' and Singin' / Rural Rhythm2008-11-3022:55

Joe Mullins / Each Minute Seems a Million Years / Tuned In / Self2008-11-3023:02

Joe Mullins / Baby Girl / Tuned In / Self2008-11-3023:06

Joe Mullins / My Blue Eyed Darlin' / Tuned In / Self2008-11-3023:09

Joe Mullins / I Owe it All to Thee / Tuned In / Self2008-11-3023:15

Earl Scruggs / Foggy Mountain Breakdown / ...With Family and Friends / Rounder2008-11-3023:19

Kickin' Grass / Chug a Lug / The Kickin' Grass Band / Superfan2008-11-3023:22

Seldom Scene / Hometown Blues / Scenechronized / Sugar Hill2008-11-3023:23Kenny and Amanda Smith / Changing / Live and Learn /Rebel2008-11-2023:27

Kickin' Grass / The Ghost of Nathaniel Carter / The Kickin' Grass Band / Superfan2008-11-3023:32

Ralph Stanley II / Train Songs / This One Is Two / Lonesome Day2008-11-3023:37

Earl Scruggs / Black Mountain Blues / ...With Family and Friends / Rounder2008-11-3023:40
Carrie Hassler / One Way Track to Nowhere / CHHR2 / Rural Rhythm2008-11-3023:42

Sons of Navarone / Dancing Queen / At Last / Self2008-11-3023:46
Buncome Turnpike / What Tomorrow Holds / Picker's Paradise / Self2008-11-3023:52

Earl Scruggs / Lonesome Ruben / ...With Family and Friends / Rounder2008-11-3023:54


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Monday, November 24, 2008

Traditional Ties, 11/30, Highlights

New adds for Traditional Ties, 11/30/08, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Earl Scruggs with Family and Friends, and The Kickin' Grass Band.

Sundays, 10:00 PM - WYEP FM, 91.3 FM, Pittsburgh PA
Streaming click here.

Rhonda and the Rage, New Lineup

As we announced last week Arron McDaris has joined Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, today the new guitarist Ben Helson has been announced. The complete news release is below.

Rhonda's New Rage!
The 7-time International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist, Grammy Nominee, and "NEW" Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, issues a personal message today, announcing the addition of two new members to her band The Rage; Aaron McDaris and Ben Helson; along with the departure of two current members, 7-year Rage veteran Kenny Ingram, and Darrell Webb.
Aaron McDaris joins her from the Grammy nominated group "The Grascals". Aaron is an innovative banjo player who brings his unique style to the new sound of The Rage. He is the son of a Missouri preacher, married 10 years to Amy, with son Ethan 3, and a new baby, due any day now.

Ben Helson joins her from the Grammy winning group "Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder". Ben is a 22 year old virtuoso on guitar and many other stringed instruments. He joins The Rage during his final semester at Bethel college, where he is majoring in music business. Ben will not only bring his musical skill and vocal style; but also his newly attained music business knowledge, with the completion of his degree in May 2009.

Rhonda stated: "Beginning today, November 24, 2008; Aaron McDaris and Ben Helson officially join The Rage, respectively on banjo and guitar. Hunter Berry and Mickey Harris begin their 8th season as gentlemen of The Rage. I hope that you will be as excited as I am about the new music, new members, and new approach to our presentation.

With this new group of musicians, we will also record, for the first time in the history of Rhonda Vincent & The Rage; with only the musicians of The Rage. There will be no guest appearances or additional musicians of any kind."

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will begin their coast to coast touring schedule on January 2, 2009; flying from New York City to San Francisco on January 13th, to start off another incredible year, performing the music they love.

For complete touring details, photos, and bios:

The new Rounder Records project will be released Spring 2009.

Herb Sandker 615-390-8198

Friday, November 21, 2008

Traditional Ties, 11/23, Playlist

Contact info for new adds:

Kristin Scott Benson -

Pam Gadd / Hold Whatcha Got / Benefit of Doubt / Self / 2008-11-2322:02Kristin Scott Benson / No Steering, No Breaks / Second Season / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2322:06
Tony Rice / Why You Been Gone So Long / Night Flyer / Rounder / 2008-11-2322:10
Alan Munde Gazette / What's So Good About Goodbye / Made to Last / Munde's Child / 2008-11-2322:13

Allegheny Drifters / I”m Gonna Settle Down / Can't Wait / Self / 2008-11-2322:17
Melonie Cannon / Set 'em Up Joe / And the Wheels Turn / Rural Rhythm / 2008-11-2322:20
Northwest Territory / Picture in a Tear / Good Old Boys / Self / 008-11-2322:23
Kristin Scott Benson / Trying Times / Second Season / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2322:26

Blue Shades / Little White Church / Chasing Dreams / Self / 2008-11-2322:32
Dailey and Vincent / By the Mark /Dailey and Vincent / Rounder /2008-11-2322:36
Doyle Lawson / Press On 'O Pilgrim / Help Is on the Way / Horizon / 2008-11-2322:39
Carolina Road / Harp With Golden Strings / ...Give Jesus a Try / Blue Circle / 2008-11-2322:42

Kristin Scott Benson / The Gospel Way / Second Season / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2322:46
Aldridge-Justice / I'll Go With You / I'll Go With You / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2322:48
The Churchmen / Final Harvest / I'll Be Long Gone / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2322:52
Paul Williams / I Went Down a Begger... / What a Journey / Rebel / 2008-11-2322:55

Pam Gadd / Black Water Rock / Benefit of Doubt / Self / 2008-11-2323:02
Pam Gadd / After the Fire Is Gone / Benefit of Doubt / Self / 2008-11-2323:07
Pam Gadd / Home Sweet Highway / Benefit of Doubt / Self / 2008-11-2323:11
Pam Gadd / Farewell Wagon Master / Benefit of Doubt / Self / 2008-11-2323:16

Kristin Scott Benson / Don't Tread On Me / Second Season / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2323:20
Junior Sisk / Little Bit of This, Little Bit of That / Blue Side... / Rebel / 2008-11-2323:23
Crowe Brothers / Are You Teasing Me / Brothers-N-Harmony / Rural Rhythm / 2008-11-2323:26
Dan Tyminski / Wheels / Wheels / Rounder / 2008-11-2323:29

Pam Gadd / Applejack / Benefit of Doubt / Self / 2008-11-2323:33
Bluegrass Brothers / Momma's Flowers / Appalachian Memories / Self / 2008-11-2323:36
Rickey Wasson / Don't Wait Up / From the Heart and Soul / Rural Rhythm / 2008-11-2323: 40
Kristin Scott Benson / Something 'bout You / Second Season / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2323:
Michael Cleveland / Sold Down the River / Leavin' Town / Rounder / 2008-11-2323:46

Buncombe Turnpike / What Tomorrow Holds / Picker's Paradise / Self / 2008-11-2323:50
Jett's Creek / Song for Life / Supposed to Be / Self / 2008-11-2323:53

Kristin Scott Benson / Bugle Call Rag / Second Season / Pinecastle / 2008-11-2323:57


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Delfest 2009 Announced

Delfest 2009 Announced: (Press release)

McCoury Music and High Sierra Music present DelFest . Memorial Day Weekend . May 22-24, 2009 Allegheny County Fairgrounds . Cumberland, Maryland, 2.5 hours NW of DC . 2.5 hours from Washington National, Dulles, Baltimore and Pittsburgh airports.

3 Days . 3 Nights . Late Night Shows . On-site Camping . Kid's Area and ActivitiesArtist Playshops . Bluegrass Band Competition . Food . Drink . Art & Craft Faire . More!

Tickets On Sale Now!
Discounted tickets for DelFest 2009 are on sale now and we're happy to announce that we're once again offering our early bird deal of just $99 for an adult three-day pass while supplies last! Visit the ticketing page for details and to purchase.

Initial Line-up Announced
In addition to appearances by the Del McCoury Band throughout the weekend, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Peter Rowan and The Free Mexican Airforce, J.D. Crowe and The New South, Tim O'Brien, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Lee Boys, Joe Craven, Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, the Davisson Brothers Band, and Vinegar Creek Constituency are among those already confirmed. There are many more to come so stay tuned here and to our eNewsletters for more line-up announcements!

DelFest Academy
Attention all students of bluegrass music! The inaugural DelFest Academy will be offered May 18 - 21, 2009 at our festival site in Cumberland, featuring three days of classes and performances for banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar and bass as taught by members of the Del McCoury band and others. Enrollment and more information in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
2008 T-shirts Now Available
Did you miss out on getting your DelFest t-shirt at this year's festival? A new run has been printed and they are on sale now at the DMB store!

New Host for Banks of Ohio

GEORGE MCKNIGHT TO BECOME HOST OF "BANKS OF THE OHIO" On November 29, 2008, a new voice will greet internet and broadcast listeners to "Banks of the Ohio: Music from the Homeplace of Bluegrass." The weekly internet and broadcast radio program is a production of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, which is located adjacent to the Ohio River in Owensboro, Kentucky.

George McKnight, the new host of "Banks of the Ohio," is a veteran in syndicated bluegrass broadcasting, a festival and event emcee, and stage manager, presently based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. McKnight's current program, "Uptown Bluegrass" begun in 1982, is broadcast by a string of mostly Canadian radio stations, and has been streamed on the World Wide Web since 2003.

"Banks of the Ohio" was initiated by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in 2002 to expand the Museum's global outreach and awareness.Beginning with American University's webcast service, the program is now heard on eight radio stations in the US and the Museum's own webcast outlet, Bluegrass Radio International. The founding host, Fred Bartenstein, a noted bluegrass historian, writer, and broadcaster, will continue his involvement with the Museum in other capacities.

McKnight looks forward to expanding the listener base and worldwide audience for bluegrass. He said, "I am deeply honored to be given the opportunity to bring bluegrass music to the listeners of 'Banks of the Ohio.' I know I have a big job to even begin to fill Fred's shoes and I trust and hope the listeners will continue to enjoy the music we present in the regular time slot. Yes, there will be some differences in the program and I hope we'll all have fun with our favorite music each week."

Museum executive director Gabrielle Gray said, "The trustees and I are grateful to Fred Bartenstein for conceiving 'Banks of the Ohio,' building its huge and worldwide base of devoted listeners, and dedicating six years of painstaking effort to its production. In George McKnight, we know we also have an excellent broadcast spokesperson, who will positively represent the Museum and delight audiences."

For further information: Gabrielle Gray: Executive Director, International Bluegrass Music Museum,(270) 926-7891,

George McKnight: Host, Banks of the Ohio, (250) 852-0595, Wgeorgemcknight@telus.netebsite

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Traditional Ties, 10/30, Show Highlights

Traditional Ties, will be featuring new releases from the newest Grascal, Kristin Scott Benson and former New Coon Creek Girls member, Pam Gadd

The complete playlist will be posted before the broadcast Sunday at 10:00 pm, on WYEP-FM, 91.3 Pittsburgh PA. Also streaming audio at

Now We Know Where Darrell Webb Landed

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Anounce Newest Member

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper are proud to announce the addition of Darrell Webb to the band.

Darrell will be taking on lead vocal and guitar duties with IBMA's 2-time Instrumental Group Of The Year. Raised in a West Virginia home rich with the sounds of hard core traditional bluegrass, Darrell discovered his talents as a musician at the age of 8 with the mandolin, and later picking up the guitar, banjo, and virtually every known bluegrass instrument during the frequent jam sessions hosted by his father.

His professional music career started at 19, when Darrell filled the mandolin position for the Lonesome River Band at the departure of Dan Tyminski who joined Alison Krauss & Union Station. At the age of 21, he joined bluegrass veteran J. D. Crowe. Darrell's music career led him on the path to bluegrass stardom during his most recent accomplishment as guitarist for Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.
Along the way, Darrell's unique voice and musicianship caught the attention of Dolly Parton who invited him to record with her on "Halos and Horns"; where he played mandolin and sang harmony for the entire project. He appeared with Dolly again on her patriotic project titled “For God And Country”.
"I'm very excited about this!" stated Webb. "Me and Michael [Cleveland] have been jamming together for years and we never dreamed we'd be able to play in a band together." Michael Cleveland shares in Darrell's excitement. "We had the opportunity to play together again at a recent event and things just fell into place," stated Cleveland. "He is a great talent and we are thrilled to have him in the band!"Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, fronted by IBMA's 6-time Fiddle Player Of The Year, also consists of Jesse Brock on mandolin, Marshall Wilborn on bass and Jessie Baker on banjo. Darrell Webb will make his debut with the band on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on Friday, December 26th.
According to my scorecard, that leaves Todd Rakestraw and Kenny Ingram between bands.
Anybody know where they might end up? Would you like to guess?

Help Your Local Food Bank

At this time of Thanksgiving we should remember those who depend on food banks. Our food banks are facing difficult times, with an ever increasing client list and deceasing donations.

Please consider helping your LOCAL food bank with your time and/or treasure.

This link will lead you to the Feeding America site, formerly Second Harvest. There you can enter your zip code to find the food bank, that serves your community.

The bluegrass community has been active in this cause for years through the work of Martha and Eddie Adcock, You are encouraged to continue helping their efforts, and also your local food bank.

Give till it helps!!

Monday, November 17, 2008

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Danny Roberts Gets His Loar

Danny Roberts of The Grascals has acquired a Gibson, Loar mandolin. The story is posted on the Bluegrass Journal site. It is long and rambling, but a must read for Loar owners and the rest of us who would like to be.
Photo is from when Danny had lots of Mandolins, pre-Loar.
(Photo by Patty Mitchell)

Band Scramble Continues

Aaron McDaris has signed on as banjo player with Rhonda Vincent. Aaron has recently left the Grascals, before that he was in The Larry Stephenson Band. He has one solo project on Pinecastle called First Time Around, released in 2005.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

IBMA Award Winners, Question

A Friend, who follows Bluegrass closely asked me the following question:

"I'm curious.I've always thought that Kristen Scott Benson was a solid banjo player, but what happened during the past year for her to be voted Banjo Player of the Year?"

My response, without disrespect to Kristin or any other winner past or present winner follows:

"I have no idea. she had no new release, until now, and playing with Larry Stephenson was a good gig, but not high profile. It seems to me that the diverse IBMA membership seems to "decide" to shake things up from time to time. This seems to be the case with Dale Ann Bradley also.
Both are great talents, but not "out there," at least until they win. The same applies to Phil Leadbetter, I believe.

I think their is an unspoken and maybe unrecognised sense of fairness in the collective membership. How else can you explain Del, Cherryholmes and Rhonda, being shut out?

Remember the voting process.

Round one - A blank ballot, where you who must vote for five per category.

Round two - All candidates who reach a predetermined threshold are listed, again vote for five.

Round three - The top five are nominated. At this point, I believe many vote using two criteria. Who has won enough, and who's turn is it?

Your thoughts on this, or any post are welcome. Please comment.

Rural Rhythm Records, New Catalog

Rural Rhythm, founded in 1955 by Uncle Jim O'Neal was known for a generation for it's great LP issues, Don Reno, Red Smiley, Kentucky Colonels, Clarence White, Mac Martin, Vasser Clements, Bill Harrell, Hylo Brown, J E Mainer, and many others were, and still are, in their catalog.
Remember all those two minute songs, so that 20 selections were on each LP.

For years Rural Rhythm seemed content to reissue various combinations of these artists.

But under the leadership of three generations of the Passamano family Rural Rhythm has again become a leading label presenting today's bluegrass. Recent releases by Jim Van Cleve, Randy Kohrs, Dewight Mccall, Carrie Hassler, Lonesome River Band, Pine Mountain Railroad, and more, have made them a leader in both quality and quantity.

Both Uncle Jim's classics and Rural Rhythm's current material are worth a look.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival - Date Change

Our friends at the Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival, are changing the dates of their fine event.
Mid September in the mountains of Somerset County PA. just didn't work, weather wise.

Every promoter works to have a great event, but none works harder than the Custer family and their volunteers.

Highly recommended!!

See the attached e-mail and check out their web site.

Hi everyone,
We hope the change in seasons and early snowfall doesn't already have you feeling the effects of cabin fever cause we've got a lot more winter to go! From it's inception, the Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival has been blessed with wonderful music, enthusiastic crowds, great food, friends and family. Unfortunately, what we have not had... is a good weather weekend. With much consideration, consultation, deliberation and prayer, we have decided to change the date for 2009. It will be the weekend of July 24th & 25th, 2009.As we move forward into 2009 we will update our web site and will distribute flyers and brochures but we need your help.We realize anytime an event changes their date after several years standing, the possibility exists there will be some confusion. We ask for your help in spreading the word. Tell all your friends. Tell your neighbors. Forward this email to everyone you know.It has always been our pleasure to be the promoters of this festival and we will continue to do our best to bring you another 9quality bluegrass festival from high atop the Allegheny mountains in Western Pennsylvania on the weekend of July 24th & 25th, 2009.

"It's not just Grandpa's music anymore!"

Thanks so much,Tim & Brenda & the Custer Family

Coleman Station Bluegrass Festival 1144 Coleman Station Road Friedens, PA 15541-6912
814-444-8509, 814-442-240